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TOM FURNIVAL

Associate, Patent Attorney
Engineering

Cambridge

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Tom handles a wide range of patent work, including original drafting, prosecution and opposition, particularly defensive oppositions, in the engineering, electronics, computing and physics fields.  He also advises on Freedom-to-Operate, infringement issues and registered designs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Photonics
  • Optical devices and laser design
  • Medical devices
  • Telecommunication systems
  • Semiconductor devices and fabrication
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Bioinformatics
  • Machine learning/ artificial intelligence

Clients

Tom works with a mix of multinationals, start-ups, individual applicants and foreign attorneys. These are predominantly UK based, and in the high tech/ mechanical engineering spheres.

Background

He has a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Exeter. He undertook two years of research into the solid-state theory of Memristors, before joining Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2013. He qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2017 and a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2018.